Flying into Bangkok on Xmas day felt like a novel idea, but it was business as usual. We had booked our Xmas dinner though which included a 5 course traditional Thai meal on board a cruise catered by one of the hotels on the Chao Praya River. That was novel and a spectacular wonder to behold! Our trip the next morning was a 2 hour journey by car out of Bangkok to the floating markets. At this time of year it is indeed busy and packed to the hilt with tourists and their cameras on the water. Making an early exit gave us more time to explore. We shopped and tried to catch our breath before flying down to the islands where we spent two weeks on the sun kissed beaches and in the small Rasta bars dotting the coastline of the many islands inhabiting that part of the world. New Years was spent sipping buckets at the full moon party before heading out on the first light ferry back to the mainland for our last few days. After a couple of massages on the beach, fruit smoothies and journeys to Buddhas a plenty, Thailand was definitely working it’s old magic. What’s more I could not have hoped to spend it with a more amazing partner! We were done.

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